- Disabilities & the Disabled
Is there an affordable electric vehicle option for wheelchair users
Electrical vehicle options
Have you looked at the price of an Electric vehicle? The prices are falling from where they started however are still higher than vehicles which use fossil fuels. After they are modified for wheelchair users it seems many of the benefits enjoyed by others is no longer there. For many these are not an option.
With converted vans and cars fuel economy is something wheelchair users can only dream about. The conversions add weight which reduces fuel efficiency. This is a fact of life for those in a wheelchair who in many cases can’t afford it. Paying more to drive a vehicle the same amount of miles as someone who doesn’t need conversions is a way of life.With a Kenguru you can drive up to 60 miles/110 Kilometers on an eight hour battery charge.
The Kenguru takes you out to have fun
Conversions cost more than for parts and installation
An example from my life is a van my wife and I had modified with a lift after we bought it. We drove the unmodified van from California where it was purchased to our hometown in Nebraska. The van averaged 18 miles per gallon on that trip. We had it converted and drove it back and forth to California for years. The mileage was reduced by two miles per gallon on long trips and never changed.
Fuel economy non existent with fossil fueled vehicles
The cars my wife drove had the same problem. The wheelchair carrier which sat on top was heavy. It also increased the resistance of air ratio reducing fuel mileage. In town the extra weight reduced fuel mileage on the cars and the van. Her eight mile round trip to work used a gallon of fuel.
Ease of use
With the Kenguru you have two loading options. You can load from the street or from a curb. Just roll in, lock up and you’re ready to go. The hatch which is overhead will keep you dry in wet conditions. On the website they say there is an option of a steering wheel or handlebars.
This is an informational article for those who have a need. I am not a dealer or paid to advertise for this company. It is the most affordable way I have found for someone who has wheels for legs to feel more independent.
Do you live where there are limited options?
When you’re legs are wheels the ability to go many places make you dependent on others. It is not fun if you don’t own a vehicle. The town I live in has only a few options.
The rest homes have busses which have lifts; they can only be used by the residents. There is local taxi service which uses vans. None of them have lifts. If you have a wheelchair which doesn’t fold they are not an option. A lift equipped van is available through a local agency if you reserve your spot in advance. You can also call a friend to take you where you need or want to go.
For many towns the same holds true. Scooters work when it is dry out and there is no snow on the ground. Most scooters top speed is five miles per hour. With some you can carry purchases while with others you can’t.
Will this affordable wheelchair electric vehicle work for you?
The kenguru is an electric vehicle which is an affordable option and great for wheelchair users. They are assembled in America. By no means can they be considered an alternative for those who have to travel long distances or are in a hurry. Their top speed is 25 miles an hour; a fully charged battery will take you between 50 and 60 miles.
- The KENGURU® - Official Website
I am the KENGURU®. I'm a small, efficient, closed body type wheelchair fitting vehicle that provides very easy and quick access. With me, you can travel independently and conveniently up to 110 kilometers (60 miles) at the maximum speed of 25 MPH.